LANDFILL SITE CONSERVANCY
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN
1. Ecosystem / habitat protection - the best way
to protect species and organisms.
2. Rehabilitate and restore degraded ecosystems
3. Rescue plants prior to “bulldozer “
4. Rescue and transplant / relocate to another
similar habitat on site or to a previously destroyed similar habitat.
5. Rescue plants and “bag” in the
Plant Rescue and Rehabilitation Unit (PRUNIT) -
nursery / holding area.
6. Establishment of PRUNIT / nursery.
PRUNIT – plants used to rehabilitate Mariannhill
Landfill Site (MLS) and other Durban Solid Waste ( DSW ) landfill
8. Removal of invasive alien plants – an
9. Seed collection of endemic species for germinating
10. Soil amelioration programme using garden refuse.
11. Use of chipper for cover material, erosion
control and rehabilitation.
12. Creation of a wetland - recovery of cover
- reduce siltation of drains around cell 1 + 2
- nursery of wetland plants for the future establishment of “leachate
through wetland “ processes of water back into the environment.
13. Re-use of water where possible - so as not
to use potable water other than for drinking.
14. Conservancy Status and Registration with Ezemvelo
CONSTITUTION OF THE MARIANNHILL
1. NAME, AFFILIATION AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA.
The name of the Conservancy is the Mariannhill Landfill Conservancy
(Hereinafter called “the Conservancy“) and shall be
registered with Ezemvelo KwaZulu Natal Wildlife. The area covered
by the conservancy is the land owned by Durban Solid Waste ( DSW
) in the Mariannhill area of the eThekwini Municipality.
(a) The conservation of indigenous fauna and flora of the area.
(b) The protection, regulation and improvement of the natural environment.
(c) To monitor and minimize all forms of pollution.
(d) To remove invasive alien plants from the area.
(e) The monitoring of proposed physical developments in the area.
(f) To inform, advise and educate all management, staff, visitors,
learners and the general public.
(g) To rescue and reinstate indigenous flora from the developed
areas into other areas of the landfill.
(h) To limit any effects of the landfill on the environment for
the long term.
(i) To promote waste minimization, reuse, and recycling where possible.
(j) To prevent soil erosion.
(k) To monitor the disposal of waste on the site.
(a) Management of DSW
(c) Members of the Monitoring committee
(d) DWAF representatives
(e) Contract workers
(f) Affiliated Professionals – Engineers and Auditors
(g) The Wildlife and Environment Society of SA
(h) Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.
(i) Interested members of the public.
(a) The Monitoring committee.
(c) The PRUNIT Team
(d) Other bodies as co-opted when necessary
There will be no charge to members. DSW to meet sundry costs.
Monitoring committee meetings – quarterly.
The above Constitution was adopted by the Monitoring Committee Meeting
30 May 2002.
Proposed : Lin Gravelet-Blondin - Department Water
Affairs and Forestry.
Seconded : Krish Archary - Pinetown Ratepayers
Chairman : _____Mr Shirleigh Strydom_____________
Date : 30 May 2002
_____Ms Vicki King_____________ Date : 30 May 2008
MARIANNHILL LANDFILL CONSERVANCY SUMMARY
Mariannhill Landfill Conservancy (MLC) reveals a valley of environmental
treasures and engineering ingenuity. This Durban Solid Waste’s
(DSW) new generation landfill is located according to textbook standards,
being well screened from the public eye by the natural topography
and established growth of numerous large trees in the peripheral
buffer zone. It is a sustainable, eco-friendly engineered “closed-loop”
design and includes the treatment and re-use of landfill emissions.
This is the first landfill conservancy in Africa and, we believe,
A “Closed-loop” design entails putting back into the
environment what has been taken out. This ecosystem restoration
project has created a large holding nursery for storage of indigenous
vegetation and along with the surrounding soil profile rescued from
the landfill development area.
Operation PRUNIT (Plant rescue unit) as it has been called, has
proven to be environmentally and economically successful. PRUNIT
has provided indigenous vegetation for the restoration of the buffer
zone and rehabilitation of the filled and closed cells.
Four years ago (1998) DSW embarked on an exiting conservation and
educational project and the conservancy was registered with Ezemvelo
KZN Wildlife in September 2002.
The vegetation of the area comprises a mosaic of forest and grassland
with a rich variety of indigenous plant species. It supports more
than 160 bird species as well as duiker, bush pig, genets, mongoose
The conservancy is managed by Richard Winn, a horticulturalist
and rehabilitation specialist, to oversee the rehabilitation process.
The rehabilitated cells 1, 2, and 3 together with the 30 hectares
conservancy form a green belt. A wetland has been established which
is a feat of environmental engineering. A bird hide overlooking
the wetland gives visitors the joy of watching the birds and other
creatures inhabiting and visiting the sanctuary.
The conservancy boma overlooking the landfill’s fifth cell,
serves as a meeting place for the monitoring committee and demonstrates
environmentally friendly ‘products’ and systems to the
increasing number of educational and environmental tour groups visiting
the landfill site. In 2004 more than 2000 people visited the landfill,
ranging from pre-school groups to specialist landfill engineers
and environmentalists. Many items in the boma have been manufactured
from recycled products demonstrating more sustainable lifestyle
patterns. One can see crocheted cushions made by the local community
made from recycled plastic, a ‘polywood’ bench made
from plastic, a braai made from a washing machine drum and environmentally
Leachate, a toxic by-product of the decomposition process previously
fed into the sewer system, is now channeled into a treatment plant
where it is treated to an acceptable standard and is used for dust
suppression and irrigation of the vegetation within the conservancy,
this conserves potable water, saving the city thousands of rand.
In a first for Africa, the eThekwini Municipality has implemented
plans to harness gas from the decomposing waste to generate electricity.
Not only will the project have significant environmental benefits,
it will also swell the city coffers. The city will receive millions
from the World Bank in exchange for ‘credits’ accrued
through reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. This project will
help reduce the amount od Methane gas released into the atmosphere
from the landfill.
MARIANNHILL LANDFILL CONSERVANCY COMMITTEE
|| POSTAL ADD
& Prunit / Conservancy Manager - Environmental
Asset Management Process
|P.O. Box 5505
|082 415 8093
||(031) 466 3908
|Mr Mike Smith
|Compass Waste Services
|Mr Logan Moodley
|A.E. Frye/Sr Kienal
|Mr Danny Ramlahl
|Mr Krish Archary
Mariannhill Park Residents
|eThekwini Parks Department
|Ms P Flanagan
|Compass Waste Services
|Ms Lorna Hill
|Lombard & Associates
|Ms Judy Du Randt
| Compass Waste Services
|Ms Lerato Khuboni
|Department of Health
|Mr Randhir Sivapersad
|Pauline & Leo
|Michel & Jeanine
|Graham and Liz Mannall
||DSW Deputy Head / Engineer
||Design Engineer - Landfill
||Resident Engineer - Landfill
||DSW/Wilson and Pass
||Resident Engineer - Gas to
||Wilson and Pass
||Design and Geotech Engineer
- Gas to Electricity
||Resident Engineer - Landfill
||Design Engineer and Consultant
- Gas to Electricity and SBR